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High-End Computing Program

Delivering high-end computing systems and services to NASA's aeronautics, exploration, science, and space technology missions.


If you are a NASA-sponsored scientist or engineer, computing time is available to you at the High-End Computing (HEC) Program's NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Facility and NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS).


Section of snapshot showing the response of nitrogen dioxide to COVID-19 restrictions in Europe
01.19.21 - 2020 HEC Needs Assessment Report Now Available
The NASA High-End Comuting (HEC) Needs Assessment report documents the HEC users’ needs raised during a virtual workshop that took place June 1–19, 2020 in terms of computing capacity, technology, services, human resources, and programmatic. The HEC Program will use the information to develop future investment and program implementation strategies.


Map of aerosol optical depth due to black and organic carbon over North America at 6 UTC on July 21, 2021
07.30.21 - GMAO Science Snapshot: An Early Start to the North American Biomass Burning Season in 2021
The GEOS FP weather analysis and forecasting system shows the long-distance pollutant transport from Western North American wildfires in July 2021. GEOS-FP runs four times per day at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS).
Cross-section of intern photo collage
07.29.21 - NCCS Celebrates National Intern Day!
To honor National Intern Day, the NASA High-End Computing Program at Goddard Space Flight Center introduces the summer 2021 NASA interns working in various groups across the Computational and Information Sciences and Technology Office (CISTO).
Simulation of a latanoprost molecule, using the Conformer-Rotamer Ensemble Sampling Tool (CREST) software tool
07.28.21 - COVID Researchers Complete Projects Using Supercomputers at NAS
Using computing resources at the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) facility, COVID-19 scientists from around the U.S. conducted rapid research in the fight to understand the SARS-CoV-2 virus and develop treatments and vaccines to help bring an end to the pandemic. Three research projects were recently completed, and results have been shared via publications and presentations.
Artist's conception of the asteroid that ended the reign of the dinosaurs hitting the Earth
07.27.21 - SwRI Team Zeroes in on Source of the Impactor that Wiped Out the Dinosaursa
Southwest Research Institute researchers have shown that the processes that deliver large asteroids to Earth from the outer half of the main asteroid belt occur at least 10 times more frequently than previously thought and that the composition of these bodies match what we know of the dinosaur-killing impactor. Using NASA’s Pleaides supercomputer, the team followed 130,000 model asteroids evolving over hundreds of millions of years.
Photo of Watson River Upper Canyon, Carcross, Southern Lakes Region, Yukon, Canada
07.23.21 - Scientists Measure Impacts of Fire and Other Disturbances on North American Boreal Forest Biomass
Leveraging NCCS and Boston University (BU) high-performance computing resources, academic researchers analyzed 31 years of satellite data to measure how disturbances including fire and timber harvests have impacted the aboveground biomass (AGB) in North American boreal forests..
Illustrator of VIPER rover on the Moon
07.15.21 - New Maps Help Developers Plan Lunar Road Trip for VIPER’s Artemis Mission
A team at at NASA’s Ames Research Center is using the processing power of the Pleiades supercomputer, combined with NASA’s open source Stereo Pipeline software, to develop maps of the Moon’s terrain by layering thousands of satellite images taken by cameras aboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. The maps wiil be used by the Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER), scheduled to land on the Moon in 2023 to search for ice and other resources.


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